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Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Politics | 6 comments

Pennsylvania Republican Voters Abandoning Newt Gingrich for Rick Santorum

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that GOPers are fleeing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the anti-Romney for the newest conservative hope: for Rick Santorum.

It never pays to count Rick Santorum out.

A Tribune-Review/WPXI-TV poll conducted Feb. 2-6 shows the former senator was gaining strength among Pennsylvania Republicans even before this week’s victories in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota that threaten to shake up the GOP presidential contest.

The statewide poll of 500 Republicans showed Santorum’s support more than doubled from 14 percent six weeks ago to 30 percent, putting him in a statistical dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who increased his support to 29 percent from 18 percent. Santorum’s gain was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s loss, as his numbers here plunged from 35 percent to 13 percent.

But Pennsylvania Republicans still consider Santorum a long shot in November. More than half of them (55 percent) said Romney is the candidate most likely to beat President Obama.

Alone among the four Republican hopefuls, Romney was about even with Obama, with 45 percent to the president’s 43 percent, in a head-to-head matchup in a poll of 800 Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania. Against Santorum, Obama was slightly ahead, 47 percent to 43 percent, among that group in the poll with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percent.

James Lee, president of Susquehanna Polling and Research, which conducted the poll, said Santorum’s growing strength among Republicans suggests conservatives are tuning in to the race.

“Rick speaks their language. They believe he’s the real deal, but they seem to draw the line when it comes to moving on to the fall,” Lee said. “They don’t seem to think he’s electable. That’s the real conundrum he’s in: How does he persuade mainstream voters he’s the guy who can win in November?”

The answer to that?

With.

Great.

Difficulty.

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